Christianity and evolution

French Fries and Pornography: Another Lesson from Evolution

Posted by PeteEnns on March 18, 2017 in Christianity and evolution guest posts 12 Comments

Today’s post is the second of two by Matthew Nelson Hill (see first post here). Matthew’s first book, Evolution and Holiness: Sociobiology, Altruism and the Quest for Wesleyan Perfection, recently came out with IVP-Academic. These posts are taken from his follow-up book (IVP, in progress) that deals with the practical implications of understanding evolution for the Christian life. ********** We

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What a Woman on a Magazine Cover Teaches Us about Evolution

Posted by PeteEnns on March 17, 2017 in Christianity and evolution guest posts 7 Comments

Today’s post is by Matthew Nelson Hill (PhD Durham University) of Spring Arbor University (Michigan), where he is director of the E.P. Hart Honors Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Theology. Matthew’s first book, Evolution and Holiness: Sociobiology, Altruism and the Quest for Wesleyan Perfection, recently came out with IVP-Academic. I know. So far this guy

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it’s unavoidable and biblical to move beyond the Bible—a quick word about evolution and the Bible

Posted by PeteEnns on January 11, 2017 in The Evolution of Adam Christianity and evolution 24 Comments

Speaking of evolution and Christian faith . . . Much of the confusion, hand-wringing, angst, and raised hackles comes from failing to ask of ourselves a simple question: what do we have the right to expect from the biblical origins texts, namely the story of Adam? I argue in The Evolution of Adam that, far from “attacking” the Bible, information from

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Paul, Adam, and Salvation: maybe Augustine really did screw everything up and we should just move on

Posted by PeteEnns on December 5, 2016 in Christianity and evolution New Testament 47 Comments

I just caught a 2015 article scrolling down my Facebook feed by Orthodox theologian (and walking thesaurus) David Bentley Hart. The article is called “Traditio Deformis,” and in it Hart explains in no uncertain terms, and with his usual wit and punch, that St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) really screwed up our understanding of the story of the “fall” of

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does Jesus know more than science? (or, grappling with a truly fully human Jesus of Nazareth)

Posted by PeteEnns on October 24, 2016 in Christianity and evolution 35 Comments

I believe that evolution explains human origins, even if there is always more to learn. I believe this for the same reason I believe the earth is round and billions of years old, the universe is immense and billions of years older, that there are atoms and subatomic particles, that galaxies number in the billions with billions of stars

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what kind of a god do you believe in? (a thought about Christianity and evolution)

Posted by PeteEnns on September 9, 2016 in Christianity and evolution nature of the Bible 22 Comments

I’ve been participating for years in discussions about evolution and Christianity, and I think I see more clearly what accounts for the deeply held, visceral, differences of opinion about whether Adam was the first man or whether Adam is a character in a story. The reason for the differences is not simply that people have different theological systems

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selling God short when evangelicals talk about evolution

Posted by PeteEnns on July 15, 2016 in Christianity and evolution Evangelicalism nature of the Bible 20 Comments

Why is there such tension between evangelicals and evolution? The real problem isn’t evolution. There is a deeper problem: evangelicals tend to expect from the Bible what it simply isn’t set up to deliver. Too often evangelicals start out the evolution discussion assuming that the biblical story of origins simply must have some clear historical validity, at least

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3 reasons why did God not create the earth and cosmos with “apparent age”

Posted by PeteEnns on July 13, 2016 in Bible and science Christianity and evolution Fundamentalism nature of the Bible 31 Comments

“Apparent age” means that God created the cosmos to look billions of years old when in fact it is only a few 1000 years old. This is seen by some* as a solution to why the earth looks so old when the Bible says it is so young. “Apparent age” has the convenient benefit of allowing one to accept the observations of

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11 recurring mistakes in the debate over the “historical Adam” (reprise)

Posted by PeteEnns on June 15, 2016 in The Evolution of Adam Christianity and evolution 85 Comments

I began getting seriously involved in the Christianity/evolution “controversy” in 2009, which led to my 2012 book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. At that time and since the debate in the evangelical world over the historical Adam continues in an entirely predictable manner: the theological needs of

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the deep problem evangelicalism has with evolution

Posted by PeteEnns on June 1, 2016 in Christianity and evolution nature of the Bible 49 Comments

Why are so many evangelicals on full alert over evolution? Because they are afraid—afraid that, if evolution is correct, their evangelical heritage is called into question. Their personal narrative is threatened. Our personal narratives tell us where we belong in the world. They give us a sense of stability and comfort amid uncertainty. Generally speaking, human beings

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